a little (cosy) mermaid…

Time to dust off the cobwebs off my long neglected blog, starting with an introduction to this little mermaid…

Well it’s THE little mermaid (inspired) Ariel ❤️

As you would know if you follow me on Instagram (@littlecosythings) we welcomed our beautiful twins – Layla & Wolf, into the world in September. Because they were born so tiny they needed to spend some time in the Special Care Nursery.

During their stay they were looked after by the most beautiful ladies i have ever met. And one of these amazing midwives asked me to make Ariel! Such a pleasure to be able to give something (albeit small in comparison) back to Clare who took such great care of my bubbas!

Apart from being a wonderful midwife, Clare is also Melbourne’s most talented photographer, especially baby photography (of course!). Her photos are just breath takinly gorgeous. I urge you to please go have a look at her profile & her website, even if you don’t live in Melbourne. i cannot wait to book in a session for Layla & Wolf!

So here we have her, my first mermaid, THE little mermaid – Ariel.


Now ideas of more mermaids dance in my head. As they always do. But atlas i have 2 litt munchkins keeping me away from my hook. For which i’m very grateful. So no mermaids will be available to purchase until sometime in 2017.

However, if you can’t wait, & you would love your own little mermaid, i can wholeheartedly recommend my friend Willow from Big T & Little L who makes gorgeous mermaids also. Willow is magical with her hook, & you won’t be disappointed!

Pattern is by Kelly from The Merino Mermaid, a wonderful pattern! Well written & very easy to follow. Only adjustment i made was adding a little “bra” to her outfit (details at the end).

Ariel is made using  yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills & a 3mm hook:

  • Hair – Luxury Wool, 10ply in Sunrise
  • Body – Cotton yarn, 8 ply in Parchment
  • Bra – Cotton yarn, 8ply in Wild Lavender
  • Tail – Cotton yarn, 8ply in Light Teal

Love Nat xxx

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The Super HEROes are coming… #LCTsuperheroes!!

I’ve been busy making SUPERHEROES!! And getting ready to launch a new collection in my shop! Hopefully they will be ready to order this weekend, so excited!!

It all started with Batman… one of my favorite superheroes. And a wonderful free pattern by Twisted Fibers.

I have used cotton yarn from my favorite yarn mill too – Bendigo Woollen Mills.

 NANANANANA BATMAN!!

 
   

I then altered the pattern, to make Superman! With his little curl and all 🙂

   

 

And they fast became SUPER friends!! So I was hooked, and decided to keep making more.

Next up, came the INCREDIBLE Hulk…

   
   
He’s a bit of a show off with those muscles!!

And my latest installment to the LCT SUPER HERO crew is… nanananana BATGIRL!! Because after all, girls can be super heroes too!! 😉

   
    
   
Batman and Batgirl feel in love 🙂 sneaking kisses in between photos. I love my super heroes. 

I cannot wait to launch them in my store, plus some more super friends next weekend!! I’m also planning on making some unique super heroes too.. you will have to stay tuned!!

Love Nat xxx

Little Cosy Things – Toy Shop
I also couldn’t resist making videos on my little friends for Instagram, just for fun 🙂 I hope they make you laugh:

Batman!!

Hulk.. SMASH!!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s 

Craft as Therapy – my week as moderator for a wonderful community…

Craft as Therapy - Little Cosy Things week as moderator

The past week i had the pleasure of being a moderator on Instagram for Craft as Therapy.

Craft as Therapy is a warm, friendly and wonderful community of crafters from all the around the world.  Everyone is welcome to join! It’s mainly crafters who use their craft, as therapy for either an illness, an injury or just as a therapeutic way to relieve stress.  Founded by the beautiful Mandy @redagape_styleanddesign who created the tag #craftastherapy for crafters to use when they post photos of their creations.  Quickly it became a sensation on Instagram, and Mandy founded the community for everyone to join and share, support each other, and chat about their stories.  Mandy is a beautiful and dear friend, and I was so honoured to be asked to be one of the 12 moderators who now alternate a week, providing a different view and sharing our own craft as therapy stories.

You can find Mandy’s blog here, where she shares more about the Craft as Therapy community, her crafts, amazing patterns, and photos of her gorgeous house (which i have a massive crush on!!).

So here is an overview on my amazing week.  A week I started petrified that by sharing my story, that I would have people running and hiding under the nearest rock.  But instead, i was welcomed so warmly, and even encouraged others to share their own story of infertility.  I will keep talking about my story, till i am blue in the face, in a hope to raise more awareness, and let others know they are not alone.

DAY ONE:

Introducing Natalie from Little Cosy Things

I began my week by introducing myself to the community and sharing a little bit about my infertility journey, my diagnosis of PCOS and endometrosis, and how crochet has become my therapy with coping with the loss and emotional stress.  I was flooded with support, well wishes, and stories from other crafters who not only are on their own journey of infertility, but who have also overcome their struggle and welcomed little miracles of their own.  Truly inspirational, and such courage to share too.

You can read more about my story as I share on my blog:

Part One – I want to be a Mum

Part Two – It hurts because it mattered

DAY 2:

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The first feature i shared from the #craftastherapy gallery, and its a collection of beautiful stars.  Just as beautiful as the super stars who made them:

Top Left – @kikdekuk Top Right – @gultence79 Bottom Left – @neverjillian Bottom Right – @oifoikoi

That night, I shared the story of Teddy the Turtle and how there are NO mistakes with crafting, just unique creations!  You can find my free pattern to make your own Teddy the Turtle here.

Teddy the Turtle - by Little Cosy Things Story of Teddy the Turtle - Little Cosy Things

DAY THREE:

Craft as Therapy - Feature 2

The next feature from the #craftastherapy gallery, showcased some beautiful creations!! Including some jewellery made from guitar strings!! How clever!

Top Left – @tranquilltreasures Top Right – @bqueencollection Bottom Left – @lynne_ee Bottom Right – @vampyr1764

Next was a story about how i altered by hubby’s shirt (proud moment!) and sharing with the world you CAN do!!

Show the world what you CAN do by Little Cosy Things You CAN DO IT by Little Cosy Things

DAY FOUR:

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A bright and colourful feature from the #craftastherapy gallery!! I love how the colours popped off the screen, so much creativity.

Top Left – @carter_and_brown Top Right – @asplashofcolour_georgi Bottom Left – @yardagedesign Bottom Right – @kellykellykellygreen

Then we celebrated how friendship is born.. by one person saying to another person “What? You too?!” and celebrated over 2,600 new friends in the Craft as Therapy community!

How friendship is born by Little Cosy Things

DAY FIVE:

Today’s features from the #craftastherapy gallery, were some enchanting dolls, made by some beautiful crafters.

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Top Left – @maritparit Top Right – @alittlevintagedoll Bottom Left – @vanessakind Bottom Middle – @_riaparamita_ Bottom Left – @offdhookcreations

And then we met Barnabee the Bumble Bee!!!  And read his little story of how he bee-lieved in himself.  You can find a free pattern to make a baby bumble bee here by Dream Girl Crafty Creations.

Barnabee the Bee by Little Cosy Things The Story of Barnabee the Bee by Little Cosy Things

DAY SIX:

The feature from the #craftastherapy gallery was bursting with creativity!! i fell in love with the little knitted Prince William, so much detail! And those Scottie Dogs, are made from old woollen blankets.

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Top Left – @poppyandbliss Top Right – @suzannemartin Bottom Left – @colouredbuttons Bottom Right – @esthersunday1

I then shared something very special to me, my friends.  And how even though we have met on the internet, it doesn’t mean our friendships are any less meaningful.  My thoughts were echoed by so many in the community, and it was so touching to read everyone’s thoughts on how they have made such wonderful friends.

Internet Friends for Craft as Therapy by Little Cosy Things Internet Friends by Little Cosy Things

DAY SEVEN:

My final feature from the #craftastherapy gallery, and i shared how i loved my mornings wondering through the gallery with a cup of coffee and admiring everyones creations.  Something I will definitely continue to do!

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Top Right – @knitpurlhook Top Left – @ponytales_ Bottom Right – @asterisquebysassi Bottom Left – @flossiecottage

And i said my farewells and thank you’s to a wonderful community that night.  I was quite emotional saying goodbye and ending my week.  A week that personally was hard, but the community wrapped me up in so much love and comfort.

Farewell from Little Cosy Things to Craft as Therapy Little Cosy Things, farwell to my week

Lastly, this morning i had the pleasure of introducing my dear friend, a wonderful and inspiring woman with a heart of gold to the community as the next moderator – the beautiful Marianne from @marretjeroos and her blog here.  I know Marianne’s week will be so inspiring and welcoming, and i wish her an absolute wonderful week!!

Introducing Marianne as the new moderator for Craft as Therapy Introducing Marianne to Craft as Therapy

And that was my week, shared with friends, with a community that has touched my heart.  I cannot wait until next time.

Love Nat xx

Uh-Oh.. Crojo? Tips for getting your crochet mojo back!!

  
Dun dun dunnnnnn.. uh oh… have you lost your crojo? 😢

CROJO (CROchet + moJO) is a term crocheters use for the magical little power that keeps your hands and hooks twitching with creativity.

Sometimes we loose it, we don’t know where it goes.. but here are some tips I’ve used to get that crojo flowing again:

– Go for a nice wonder through a craft or yarn shop.. grab a cup of coffee, take the afternoon off and just take your time looking at all the different goodies you can play with and take inspiration from them. I even look at stuff from different craft departments.. inspiration can come from anywhere!!

– Buy some new supplies! You don’t need an excuse or a project in mind, treat yourself to some new yarn! Even some buttons or fabric. Something that caught your eye, it looks pretty or you have always wanted to try it. Sometimes inspiration is born from the material itself. I always feel refreshed when I feel I have more yarn, and deflated when I’ve only got bits and bobs left.. well that’s my excuse to buy more yarn anyways 😉

– Pinterest!!! do you have Pinterest? I have Pinterest 😉 Come find me here. There is also link on my blog to go to my page, as well as a link to share my posts to your Pinterest too. It’s HOURS of fun and inspiration. Patterns, tutorials, DIY projects.. I’ve designed my house, found more crochet projects then I’ll EVER make in a lifetime, as well as found 691 other crafts I want to try too.

– Look at some different and new patterns there’s lots of databases to search through, I looove Etsy it’s like a virtual craft shop. There’s Ravelry for knitters and crocheters too. Is there another database site you recommend? 

– Go back to your comfort zone.. most crocheters have a project that is there “go to” comfort zone pattern.. for me it’s granny stripes. Sometimes it can help get your creativity flowing again when you go back to something you know you can do and you don’t have to think about

– Clean out your craft room/crochet corner/craft cupboard or yarn stash.. having a refreshed space might make you want to get back in there and mess it all up again! And you might find yarn you forgot you had to! Don’t save it for a “special” project, use it! Every project is special 🙂

– Dug out the long forgotten and neglected WIP (work in progress projects) and finish them off. It will feel so good to get them done, and might spark your mojo to start something else.

Do you have any ideas/advice to get that crojo back that you can share?
Happy hooking!!
Love Nat xxx

A turtle named Teddy… free amigurumi crochet pattern

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This is Teddy, he is a turtle!  Teddy wasn’t meant to be a turtle, he was meant to be a … bear!!  That is why he is now named Teddy.  You see, I was wanting to make one of the dolls i crocheted a little stuffed teddy bear.  It was late at night, and I didn’t want to bother with a pattern, and I couldn’t find one small enough for the doll, so I thought I would just make one up my myself.  Well, it didn’t work.  The shape was just wrong, and I wasn’t happy with him.  So poor Teddy nearly ended up in the bin!!

Just as I went to toss him in, i looked at him again and thought.. he kind of looks like a turtle… what about if i made him a shell? So i did!! And i am so happy i did, because that was when Teddy the Turtle was born!!

There are no mistakes in crafting…

Just unique creations!

Here is a quick pattern on how i made Teddy the Turtle, he was just something I whipped up late at night, so I hope the pattern makes sense!! Please let me know if you see any mistakes, or need help.  And I would love to see your finished Teddy Turtles!! You can share them on Instagram with the hashtag #aturtlenamedteddy, and feel free to tag @littlecosythings as well 🙂

Click here for the PDF download, if you prefer – Teddy the Turtle by Little Cosy Things

Teddy the Turtle Pattern

What you will need:

  • Scrap yarn in brown and green (you can use whatever yarn you have on hand, i have used 8ply cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills
  • Safety eyes, or you can use black yarn or thread if Teddy will be for a baby
  • 3mm hook (or the smallest size you can use with your yarn, so its nice and tight)
  • A little bit of toy stuffing
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker or scrap of yarn, I use a bobby pin 🙂

Abbreviations (US terms):

  • Single crochet – sc
  • Slip stitch – sl st
  • Stitch – st
  • Increase – inc (2 single crochet stitches in the same stitch)
  • Decrease – dec (2 single crochet decrease together)

Legs (make 2)

Round 1 – 6 sc into magic ring (6)
Round 2 – Inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 to 12 – 1 sc in each st around (12)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now we will join the legs together. How to join Amigurumi legs together – I have put a little mini tutorial here on how to do this with photos, if you need help.

Place both legs together, side by side and so the openings are up the top.  Insert your hook through one stitch on right leg and one stitch on left leg, pull through yarn, chain one.  Sc into the same stitch, and sc all the way around (24) continue now with the body.

Body

Round 4 – 1 sc in the next 11 st, inc, 1 sc in the next 12 st (25)
Round 5 to 7 – 1 sc in each st around (25)
Round 8 – *1 sc in the next 5 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc in the next 4 st (22)
Round 9 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc in the next 4 st (19)

Stuff the body, not too firmly that you make the stitches pop.  Teddy is only little, so he doesn’t need that much stuffing 🙂 continue to stuff him from now on as you go.

Round 10 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc in the next 2 st, dec (15)
Round 11 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc, dec (11)
Round 12 – dec, 1 sc in the next 9 st (10)

Fasten off and weave in ends, make sure he’s stuffed

Head

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring (6)
Round 2 – inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 – *1 sc, inc* (18)
Round 4 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, inc* (24)
Round 5 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, inc* (30)
Round 6 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, inc* (36)
Round 7 to 9 – 1 sc in each st around (36)
Round 10 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, dec* (30)
Round 11 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, dec* (24)
Round 12 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, dec* (18)

Stuff head firmly, and insert safety eyes.  If hand sewing eyes, you can do this now or after you have finished the head.

Round 13 – *1 sc in the next st, dec* (12)
Round 14 – dec, 1 sc in next 4 st, dec, 1 sc in next 4 st (9)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the head.  Thread tapestry needle with the tail, and sew the head to the body.  I stuff a little more stuffing in between the head and the neck as i go using a chopstick so the head isn’t floppy.

Arms (make 2)

Round 1 – 6 sc into magic ring (6)
Round 2 – *1 sc in the next st, inc* (9)
Round 3 to 8 – 1 sc in each st around (9)

Fasten off and sew opening closed.  I left the arms unstuffed, but you can lightly stuff them in you wish!  Sew the arms to the body.

Tummy Plate

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring (6)
Round 2 – inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 – *1 sc, inc* (18)
Round 4 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, inc* (24)
Round 5 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, inc* (30)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Thread tapestry needle with tail and sew the tummy plate onto the Teddy’s belly.

Shell

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring (6)
Round 2 – inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 – *1 sc, inc* (18)
Round 4 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, inc* (24)
Round 5 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, inc* (30)
Round 6 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, inc* (36)
Round 7 to 9 – 1 sc in each st around (36)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Put a little tuft of stuffing in the shell and sew to Teddy’s back.  Stuff a little bit more as you sew it around, till the shell is nice and firm.  I sewed the shell onto the back of Teddy’s neck a little as well.  If you find the shell too big for Teddy’s back, skip round 6.

And TA DA!! You now have your own Teddy the Turtle (not a bear, hopefully haha!).  I hoped you enjoyed making your new little friend 🙂

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Love Nat xx

Invisible Decrease Tutorial… for crochet amigurumi

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Once i found out how to do an invisible decrease, i haven’t been able to go back to doing a decrease any other way 🙂 so i wanted to share my tutorial with you all on how to do this marvellous handy stitch!

An invisible decrease creates a smoother finish, and a stitch that looks more like a normal stitch.  Rather than a normal decrease (sc2tog or single crochet decrease) that bunches up leaving holes and bumps and lumps, the invisible decrease is (almost) invisible!

Step (1)

In the photo above, we have normal single crochet stitches; we are going to do an invisible decrease in the next two stitches.

Step (2) Step (3)

Above, in the left photo, I have used a tapestry needle to show the stitch we are going to go into first with our hook.

For the invisible decrease we will use the front loops only, instead of both loops like a normal decrease.

Step One – Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch. You will now have 2 loops on your hook (photo above right).

DO NOT yarn over (as tempting as it is, I know!)

Step Two – Insert hook into the front loop only of the second stitch. 3 loops on hook (photo below)

Step (4) Step (5)

Note – this step can be a little tight, you may need to wiggle your hook a bit to get it into the second front loop stitch.

Step Three – Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops (the two front loops). You will be left with 2 loops on your hook.

Step (6)  Step (7)

Step Four – Yarn over again, and pull through one loop. 2 loops on hook.

Step (8) Step (9)

You are nearly finished..

Step Five – Yarn over, and pull through two loops on hook.

Step (10) Step (11)

AND TA DA – finished, you have made an invisible decrease stitch! 🙂

Step (12) Step (13)

As you can see in the photo, the invisible decrease is hardly detectable.  You can use invisible decrease on any pattern that calls for a sc2tog or single crochet decrease.

You won’t want to do it any other way now!

I hope you found this little tutorial helpful, would love to hear what you think! Happy hooking 🙂

Love Nat xxx

Lupo the Lamb & Kira the Kangaroo… my new love affair with Lalylala Crochet Dolls

Kira the Kangaroo & Lupo the Lamb by Little Cosy Things

Kira the Kangaroo & Lupo the Lamb by Little Cosy Things

I have fallen in love… they are called Laylala Dolls, from Lalylala Land.. and they are adorable!! Patterns designed and created by the amazingly talented Lydia Tresselt from Lalylala (find her etsy store here).

I started by making Kira the Kangaroo, my first doll, and instantly i fell in love.  The pattern is well written, clear, and has wonderful photos.  Kira has a little pouch on her belly, just like a real mummy kangaroo, and the pattern comes with details on how to make her baby.  But anything can be put in Kira’s pouch, from other toys, to stickers, love notes, or even teeth for the tooth fairy!! And she has a wonderfully soft scarf too!

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Kira in progress…

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TA DA!! Kira is finished!

After i made Kira the Kangaroo, I had the Lalylala bug!! And i was itching to make more, and feeling a little more confident, i dove straight in and purchased the pattern to make the VERY cute – Lupo the Lamb!!

Lupo is made with bobble stitches to create a fleecy coat, and cap, just like a real lamb.  His ears are just gorgeous too!  Lupo was truly a labor of love.. he is a bit tedious to make, those bobbles.. they take a while, and you have to work in the OPPOSITE direction to what you normally do when doing amigurumi patterns and crochet so that those bobbles pop out.  BUT oh is it worth it.  He is just the most gorgeous, delicate and devine little lamb.  And his little lamb cap, is removable!

I just adore this little lamb, and I am planning on making many more.. they will be available to purchase as I make them in my Etsy shop (Little Cosy Things) as i make them.  Follow me on Instagram (@littlecosythings) to see when new Lupo’s will be available to purchase!

Lupo in progress...

Lupo in progress…

TA DA! Lupo is done!

TA DA! Lupo is done!

By the way, i have used cotton yarn in 8ply from my favorite yarn suppliers – Bendigo Woollen Mills and have used a 3mm hook to make both Kira & Lupo!  I tried using wool yarn, but i much prefer working with cotton.  It does create a more delicate doll for gentle play, but i love the texture and shape that cotton provides 🙂

Now on the hook… a blue Lupo lamb!!! But sheep aren’t blue? No? Well where do you think blue wool comes from? 😉 hehe the very rare, and elusive, blue sheep!  This one is being made as a special custom order for a little boy.. and because i cannot stop making these gorgeous lambs!

The rare Lupo Blue lamb, in progress!

The rare Lupo Blue lamb, in progress!

Love Nat xxx